This is a BBC kakapo video.
From 10,000 Birds blog:
80 year old ‘Richard Henry’, the near-legendary Kakapo which helped ensure the survival of a species once thought extinct, has died. Discovered in 1975 living a bachelor’s life in New Zealand’s fiordland, Richard Henry provided vital genetic diversity when the very last isolated group of this Critically Endangered parrot were found on Stewart Island in the 1980s and taken into captivity for breeding.
See also here.
May 2011. Six of the 11 kakapo chicks hatched on Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) this breeding season have been transferred to a hand rearing facility in Invercargill. Kakapo Recovery programme manager Deidre Vercoe Scott said the healthy chicks would be hand-reared for up to eight weeks, before being returned to Whenua Hou: here.
April 2011. New Zealand has lost an internationally acclaimed conservation pioneer with the death of Don Merton. Don Merton, who was a senior member of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) scientific staff prior to his retirement in 2005, led the fight to help save both the kākāpō and the black robin from extinction: here.
July 2011. Sirocco the kākāpō is to visit Wellington’s award winning eco-sanctuary: Zealandia. Wellington has never before hosted an adult kākāpō – the world’s rarest parrot. Seeing one is a unique and, until recently, exclusive experienc: here.
Olfactory sensitivity in Kea and Kaka: here.
The numbers of the once-thought extinct, Yellow-eared Parrot have increased to their highest levels since the species was found on the brink of extinction in 1998, when just 81 birds were found in one flock surviving in a remote mountainous area of Colombia: here.
Parrots join apes and Aristotle in the club of reason: here.
The Andes of southern South America form a hostile mountain range with glaciers, salty deserts and meagre high elevation steppes. Birds from more moderate climate zones cross this mountain range only rarely. Nevertheless, many species live on both sides of the Andes, as in the case of the Burrowing Parrot Cyanoliseus patagonus. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, together with colleagues from the University of Freiburg and the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Viena, found that the ancestral population of the Burrowing Parrot occupied what is today Chile, and from there only a single crossing of the Andes was successful: here.
- Rare Parrot Gets a Little Too Friendly with Wildlife Photographer (petapixel.com)
- Wildlife Wednesday: Kakapo (amywhiteheadresearch.wordpress.com)
- Kea, Kaka, Kakapo (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- Food for sex (conservationbytes.com)
- DOC denies kakapo staff may be axed (stuff.co.nz)
- DOC downplaying cuts to bird protection schemes (nzherald.co.nz)
- 4 Awesomely Weird Animals (gmbcblog.wordpress.com)
- DoC cuts ‘threatening’ endangered birds (radionz.co.nz)
- The Night Parrot (acejet170.typepad.com)